Fancy moving to the Great North but unsure of where to start, or does the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system seem too puzzling? Don’t sweat it.
We’re here to provide you with all the ins and outs about your NOC fit, and how you can apply for the in-demand NOC C jobs in Canada.
But first, what exactly is the NOC system about?
The NOC system is used by Canada to determine the skill level of an individual in order to classify their occupations. In an attempt to find your NOC skill type, you will note that jobs are grouped based on the duties being performed and the type of work the individual does.
According to Canadianvisa.org, the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Statistics Canada along with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) announced that they’ll be making changes to the NOC system. In other sources, it has been reported that the system will make its move from NOC to the TEER system later in fall 2022. The TEER, standing for Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities.
How Does the NOC System Work?
Apparently the federal government usually conducts certain changes every ten years to revise more improved ways to the NOC system. Afterall, the NOC plays a vital role in the Canadian immigration system since prospective candidates must use the system to demonstrate their eligibility.
In turn, the system helps the Canadian government manage immigration applications to gain a better understanding of the skills that immigrants have. In addition to this, the NOC system also gives the Canadian government insight into how these skills can be utilized to add value to the Canadian labour market.
Now that you’ve gained a better understanding about the NOC system, let’s look at the top current NOC C jobs in Canada and which programs you can apply to.Types of jobs with skill level C:
Note that there are skill levels for various occupations but for the sake of this article, we’ll only be focusing on NOC C skill level. Under skill level C, candidates will be classified as intermediate professions with a high school diploma, or training specific to the job.
The occupations under skill level C are:
- industrial butchers
- long-haul truck drivers
- food and beverage servers
The data below is derived from Aptech Visa and it gives us an in-depth breakdown of the top NOC C jobs that is currently in-demand in Canada in 2022, as well as the NOC skill type:
|NOC||Occupation||NOC Skill Type or Level|
|1411||General office support workers||C|
|1422||Data entry clerks||C|
|1423||Desktop publishing operators and related occupations||C|
|1431||Accounting and related clerks||C|
|1434||Banking, insurance and other financial clerks||C|
|1451||Library assistants and clerks||C|
|1452||Correspondence, publication and regulatory clerks||C|
|1454||Survey interviewers and statistical clerks||C|
|1511||Mail, postal and related workers||C|
|1513||Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors||C|
|1521||Shippers and receivers||C|
|1522||Storekeepers and parts persons||C|
|1523||Production logistics co-ordinators||C|
|1524||Purchasing and inventory control workers||C|
Programs You Can Apply to for NOC C Jobs
Now that you know which NOC C jobs are currently in-demand in Canada, you can start your application process by choosing a program that suits your needs and circumstances. Below are the following relevant programs you can apply to for NOC C jobs in Canada.
- Express Entry System (comprised three programs)
- Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)
- Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)
How Does the Express Entry System Work?
The Express Entry system is not a program but a comprehensive online points driven system that comprises three versatile immigration pathways. Under Express Entry, eligible candidates with the most points will receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) before they can start applying to the Express Entry programs.
Apply For an NOC C Job Through the Express Entry System
The Express Entry system is one of the most preferred pathways for skilled workers due to its fast immigration process. There are three immigration programs under the Express Entry system:
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Program
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
Bear in mind that the Invitation ITA is valid for 60 days so you would have to fill out the information on your profile and submit it before the expiry date. Once your profile is submitted, you will be informed about which Express Entry program is suitable for you.
Apply For Your NOC C Job Through the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)
The PNP is a program designed for immigrants with all skill types, though they should have the right skills, education and suitable work experience that can add value to the Canadian labour market. Provinces within Canada will have different needs, making the standard and processes specific to the province or region.
If you qualify for the Express Entry program, you will most likely have the option of applying for a temporary work permit. Remember, this program is not part of the Express Entry programs but it is a province-specific program which you can apply to through the Express Entry system.How to Get Started With the PNP through the Express Entry in Two Simple Steps:
1. Select a province or territory of your choice. You will be nominated accordingly. After a province/territory has nominated you, your application will be assessed by an immigration officer to check if you meet the program criteria. You may be contacted for additional information.
Top tip: Remember that different provinces have their own set of challenges so we urge candidates to conduct thorough research when it comes to factors such as job opportunities, standard of living and education before choosing a province.
2. You can create an Express Entry profile that shows the provinces/territories that you would like a nomination from them. You will then be contacted through your Express Entry profile, also known as a “notification of interest”, informing you to contact them and apply through their stream. You will receive your nomination electronically through your account if you’re nominated.
Top tip: Candidates must double-check which territories/provinces have the PNP so they can apply under the correct province.
Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) Explained
This is an employer driven program as it is designed to facilitate the hiring process by employers. The idea is to ease the selection process so employers can recognize foreign skilled workers with in-demand skills to fill the labour gap that can’t be filled by locals.
If you’re keen to travel in and around one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces, then the AIP is for you. You get to live and work in Canada while exploring New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador. To top it off, foreign workers and international students can gain permanent residence through this program.Requirements for the AIP
One of the main requirements for this program is to have a job offer from an employer based in Atlantic Canada. If you’re an international student who wants to live and work in Canada, you should be a recent graduate from a designated post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada. If you’re applying to this program as a skilled worker, you should have in-demand skills that a province falls short of.What Work Experience Does the AIP want Skilled Workers to have?
Under the AIP, you would need to have at least 1,560 hours, which amounts to the equivalent of one year if you’re working 30 hours per week. For students, work experience gained while studying is still valid and will be recognized as work experience. Note that volunteering or unpaid internships are not classified as work experience.Educational Requirements for NOC C Skill Level
If you have a job offer under the NOC B or C skill level, you'll have a high school diploma from a Canadian school, or an equivalent credential if you schooled outside of Canada.
Individuals who studied outside of Canada and obtained a foreign credential, will require an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), which confirms that your credential is the equivalent, or higher than the educational requirement.
When applying, we’d like to remind you that all work experience must include the main duties and responsibilities outlined in your National Occupational Classification (NOC).
How to Apply for your NOC C Job
Below are the steps to apply for your NOC C job:
Step 1: Find Your NOC
Step 2: Check Your Eligibility
Step 3: Find a Job and Secure a Job Offer
Step 4: Know Which type of Work Permit is Required
Step 5: Gather all Supporting Documents and Fill in all Required Fields
Step 6: Pay the Fees and Submit Your Application
The Steps Explained:
1. Find Your NOC: In order to apply, you need to know which skill level is your NOC. You can find your NOC here.
2. Check Your Eligibility: Familiarize yourself with the province requirements under the PNP. These requirements will be specific to the province or territory. In addition to this, you would also need to meet the requirements of the program you’re applying to.
3. Find a Job and Secure a Job Offer: Check the employment opportunities in the province. Make sure you understand the conditions of your job offer and obtain your Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), where applicable. Note that under NOC C skill level, the job offer must be permanent.
4. Know Which Type of Work Permit Is Required: Ensure that you’re able to comply with the conditions of your work permit. Bear in mind that the requirements for the work permit and program you’re applying to are two separate aspects. The candidate must be eligible for both types of criteria.
5. Gather all Supporting Documents and Fill in all Required Fields: It is well advised to prepare these documents beforehand since some documents take longer to obtain than others. Documents such as police certificates, medical exams, birth certificates, proof of funds, language test results and any other relevant documents that's needed to validate your application. Ensure that the information you provide is truthful and accurate. Thereafter, the documents need to be scanned and uploaded.
6. Pay the Fees and Submit Your Application: Once you’ve completed your application, you will receive a list of fees that must be paid. Fees for processing time, biometrics fee and post application fee is important as this confirms the successful completion of your application.A Final Reminder
Lastly, before you officially submit your application, you may want to double-check that you have filled out all the fields correctly and that you have the necessary supporting documents attached to your application. Thereafter, you can mail your application to the stipulated address.
Your NOC C Job in Canada Awaits You
As you can see, the Canadian government is highly accommodating to immigrants applying for NOC C jobs as well as many other skill types. This is evident in the various programs that have been implemented by the government to cater to the different needs, circumstances and skills set that foreign nationals have to offer.
Still unsure of where to start? No problem. Get in touch with a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) to guide you through the application process today.
1. Is NOC C skilled?
Candidates applying under the NOC C jobs in Canada are classified as semi-skilled workers and definitely stand a chance of gaining permanent residence in Canada. An example of NOC C jobs under skill level C are: industrial butchers, long-haul truck drivers and food and beverage servers. You can find out more about which occupations under skill level C are currently in-demand here.
2. Does NOC code affect CRS score?
No, your CRS score will not be affected. Bear in mind that your NOC code will influence the type job which will also depend on the points you’ve accumulated under the Express Entry system. Find out more about boosting your CRS score here to stand a better chance of getting an invitation to apply (ITA).
3. Can I get PR with an NOC C job?
Absolutely. Immigrants with sufficient work experience can get permanent residence (PR) with work experience under your stipulated NOC C job you’re applying to. Programs such as the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Program and the Federal Skilled Trades Program under the Express Entry system accommodates for the needs and circumstances of those applying for NOC C jobs. Eligible candidates may want to also apply through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).